Georg Simmel

1858 - 1918

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Georg Simmel (; German: [ˈzɪməl]; 1 March 1858 – 26 September 1918) was a German sociologist, philosopher, and critic. Simmel was influential in the field of sociology. Simmel was one of the first generation of German sociologists: his neo-Kantian approach laid the foundations for sociological antipositivism, asking "what is society?"—directly alluding to Kant's "what is nature?"—presenting pioneering analyses of social individuality and fragmentation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georg Simmel has received more than 1,043,317 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Georg Simmel is the 6th most popular sociologist, the 169th most popular biography from Germany (down from 156th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular German Sociologist.

Georg Simmel is most famous for his contributions to the sociology of culture.

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Among sociologists, Georg Simmel ranks 6 out of 79Before him are Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor W. Adorno, and Robert K. Merton. After him are Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, and Ulrich Beck.

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Among people born in 1858, Georg Simmel ranks 9Before him are Giacomo Puccini, Selma Lagerlöf, Theodore Roosevelt, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Gustaf V of Sweden, and Rudolf Diesel. After him are Omar Mukhtar, Emmeline Pankhurst, Giuseppe Peano, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Christiaan Eijkman, and Charles de Foucauld. Among people deceased in 1918, Georg Simmel ranks 14Before him are Mehmed V, Guillaume Apollinaire, Egon Schiele, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Georg Cantor, and Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. After him are Alexandra Feodorovna, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Louis Renault, Otto Wagner, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia.

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Among people born in Germany, Georg Simmel ranks 169 out of 7,253Before him are Princess Sophie of Bavaria (1805), Thomas Müntzer (1489), Johann Christian Bach (1735), Leopold Mozart (1719), Alois Alzheimer (1864), and Friedrich Wöhler (1800). After him are Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (990), Hans Holbein the Younger (1497), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia (1361), and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714).


Among sociologists born in Germany, Georg Simmel ranks 3Before him are Max Weber (1864), and Theodor W. Adorno (1903). After him are Niklas Luhmann (1927), Robert Michels (1876), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), Amitai Etzioni (1929), Juan José Linz (1926), Lewis A. Coser (1913), Claus Offe (1940), and Louis Wirth (1897).